August has seen the return of the sun (well, on and off), so I decided to take advantage of a mostly-sunny afternoon to make another attempt at visiting Galore Hill.
You may recall that I attempted to visit Galore Hill in March this year, and failed to actually get there – it turns out it’s much easier to find if you drive down the right road.
There be macropods in these woods.
I decided to drive up to the summit of the hill, and check out the view. It’s always very colourful at this time of year, with the canola crops all in flower across the countryside.
Then I climbed up this thing to get an even higher viewpoint.
While I was up there I noticed a dark something off to one side, and was very excited to find it was a Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor).
I see Swamp Wallabies infrequently, although they live across the region. They’re usually very shy and tend to flee at the first sight of a human (or the ones I’ve come across have, maybe it’s just me). I didn’t want to spook it, but I didn’t want to stay up the tower all day, so I decided to descend and see how close I could get before the wallaby scarpered. Either I was downwind and quiet enough to not spook it, or this wallaby is accustomed to people, because it was completely unfazed by me the entire time, and didn’t pay me the slightest attention.
After a few minutes of watching and taking photos I decided to leave the wallaby to its lunch, and headed off in another direction, whereupon I found early spring flowers.
Early Nancies (Wurmbea dioica)
Native Buttercups (Ranunculus sp.). So shiny.
Sundews (Drosera sp.). I love Sundews, I’m not sure why, but I do.
I heard a twitter and looked up to see the following little red blob that flew off before I could get a good photo. I assume it was a Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii).
I also came across whoever this is:
I saw a number of other birds as well, including what may have been a Stubble Quail (Coturnix pectoralis), but I didn’t manage to get any photos. The possible-quail did an amazing disappearing trick right in front of me, and I still can’t figure out how it managed to disappear so very thoroughly so quickly.
To make up for the lack of Stubble Quail photo, here’s a couple of pictures of one that randomly showed up in my backyard a few years ago. I’m not sure how it got there through the gauntlet of cats and dogs in neighboring yards (and roaming free), or where it went afterward, but I am now working on the theory that Stubble Quail can teleport.